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10:00 AM ET, October 26, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Trump Had One Last Story to Sell.  The Wall Street Journal Wouldn't Buy It.  —  Inside the White House's secret, last-ditch effort to change the narrative, and the election — and the return of the media gatekeepers.  —  By early October, even people inside the White House believed President …
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Wall Street Journal:   The Press of Conformity  —  A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views.
New York Times:   Questions and Answers About the Bidens and a Deal in China
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
The 60 Minutes interview that President Trump cut short  —  In an interview that's made headlines this week, Lesley Stahl presses President Trump on once-again rising coronavirus cases and what his priorities would be if re-elected.  Stahl also speaks with Mr. Trump's running mate, Vice President Mike Pence.
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes at least 16 false or misleading claims to ‘60 Minutes’  —  President Trump abruptly ends interview with ‘60 Minutes’  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump continued his dishonesty blitz in an interview with Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Lesley Stahl Is Wrong And Trump Is Right: The Obama Administration Spied On The Trump Campaign
Discussion: Power Line, IJR and Variety
Washington Post:
White House signals defeat in pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence's office  —  The presidential campaign was roiled this weekend by a fresh outbreak of the novel coronavirus at the White House that infected at least five aides or advisers to Vice President Pence that President Trump's …
Discussion: Reuters, UPI and CNN
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New York Times:
Infection of Pence Aides Raises New Questions About Trump's Virus Response  —  From the beginning, the president has turned mask wearing and other preventive measures into a loyalty test.  He and his aides have taken the same approach inside the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — “Covid, Covid.
Lorcan Roche Kelly / Bloomberg:
Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day  —  Covid's dangerous moment, almost all hope of pre-election stimulus lost, and China's growth plan.  —  Record infections  —  The U.S. added more than 85,000 coronavirus infections on Sunday, a new high beating the record set the day before.
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Politico:
Pelosi holds firm grip on power as Dems dream of a sweep
Bloomberg:
Pelosi Awaits Mnuchin Virus Offer Today as Hope for Vote Fades
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll shows deadlocked races for president, Senate seats in Georgia  —  'It's a real barnburner'  —  The race for president in Georgia is deadlocked in the final week of the campaign, with President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in a statistical tie in a state that hasn't voted Democratic for president since 1992.
Politico:
Biden flips script on Trump in campaign's final week  —  Donald Trump is chasing every possible opening across the electoral map.  Joe Biden is sitting on his lead, carefully surveying the landscape for states that might serve as insurance policies.  —  It's a jarring flip of the script …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Only Middle Finger Available  —  The Barrett Vote: There's Not a Good Reason for Mike Pence to Preside Over It  —  Homeowners with Trump Yard Signs Receive Ominous Warning  —  A President Biden Would Be Disastrous on Energy  —  If Trump wins, it will be as a gigantic rude gesture to the cultural Left.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Week
Axios:
Trump plans to fire heads of FBI, CIA and Pentagon if he wins re-election  —  If President Trump wins re-election, he'll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two people who've discussed …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The big Trump rallies you don't see  —  WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania — “I can't believe there aren't any newspeople here,” said Linda of Greene County, Pennsylvania, as she stood among hundreds of cars and pickup trucks idling in long parallel lines in a vast big-box-store parking lot Saturday …
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah's hospitals prepare to ration care as a record number of coronavirus patients flood their ICUs … Editor's note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus.  Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning.
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Barack Obama / New Yorker:
A President Looks Back on His Toughest Fight  —  The story behind the Obama Administration's most enduring—and most contested—legacy: reforming American health care.  —  Our first spring in the White House arrived early.  As the weather warmed, the South Lawn became almost like a private park to explore.
Topeka Capital-Journal:
Our vote is going to Joe Biden  —  By The Editorial Advisory Board  —  Joe Biden should be the next president of the United States.  —  He should be the next president of the United States because he is caring, trustworthy and experienced.  He should be the next president of the United States …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump's Army of Angry White Men
Discussion: Poynter, Raw Story and Rolling Stone
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
How to Talk to Friends and Family Who Share Conspiracy Theories  —  Fringe movements will persist long after Election Day.  Here's how to help.  —  Opinion writer at large.  —  Increasingly, friends, colleagues and readers share the same story with me: Online, somebody they know and love …
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Hate Wokeness?  Vote Biden.  —  A number of influential commentators who firmly opposed Donald Trump in 2016 recently announced their intention to vote for him in 2020.  Nearly all of them, including James Lindsay, Danielle Pletka, and Ben Shapiro, blamed illiberalism on the left.
Discussion: The Guardian
Scott Porch / The Daily Beast:
Blame Comey First and Last for Trump Taking the White House  —  Think 2020 has been crazy?  Read “October Surprise,” in which reporter Devlin Barrett traces the FBI's cascade of missteps that led to the surprise election of Donald Trump.  —  A running joke of this presidential election year …
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Prez And Top Hosts Told To Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure  —  Fox News Media President Jay Wallace and several of the network's top personalities have reportedly been told to quarantine themselves and get tested for COVID-19 after they were all unknowingly exposed to an individual who had contracted the virus.
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and CNN
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Democrats already angling to take out Ron Johnson in 2022  —  Democrats are coming after Ron Johnson in 2022.  —  With the presidential election not yet even in the books, Democratic opposition is already lining up to run for the Republican's Senate seat two years from now in Wisconsin.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Fights Erupt During ‘Jews for Trump’ Rally in Manhattan  —  Seven people were arrested, and protesters screamed at Rudy Giuliani.  Separately, a police officer was suspended for voicing support for the president on the job.  —  Political tensions over the upcoming presidential election escalated …
Maya King / Politico:
Georgia's legacy of voter suppression is driving historic Black turnout  —  ATLANTA — Almost every Black Georgia voter queuing up at the polls has a story about 2018.  —  Most waited for hours in lines that wrapped around their voting locations.  Some were removed from the voter rolls arbitrarily …
Discussion: Raw Story
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Economist’ Failed to Disclose Lucrative Beijing Ties  —  UK mag cashed Huawei checks as it covered telecom giant  —  The Economist provided sympathetic coverage of a Chinese tech giant widely considered a national security risk without disclosing the publication's lucrative business relationship …
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Winter Is Coming: Time for a Mask Mandate  —  A requirement to cover your face in public could be more of a cultural norm than a political statement.  —  France set a record for Covid-19 infections this weekend, and Italy has announced new restrictions, such as closing bars and restaurants …
Discussion: CNN
David Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump's Carrier deal fades as economic reality intervenes  —  Jobs that were saved are dwarfed by others that left  —  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., and MONTERREY, Mexico — The Carrier plant in Indianapolis is where outsourcing was supposed to have stopped.  —  Within days of winning the 2016 election …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Trump's Legacy is COVID and QAnon  —  A poisoning of the American body and the mind.  —  On Saturday, President Donald J. Trump emerged from his West Palm Beach voting center, boasting he voted a “straight Republican ticket.”  A “straight Republican ticket” in his congressional district …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
‘A mass exodus’: HHS staffers jumping ship amid pandemic, fears of Trump loss  —  At least 27 political appointees have exited the embattled Health and Human Services department since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in February, according to a POLITICO review, and senior leaders are bracing …
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump doesn't have a second-term economic plan  —  President Trump has not laid out an economic agenda for his second term, despite the election being just eight days away.  —  Why it matters: This is unprecedented in modern presidential campaigns, and makes it harder for undecided voters to make an informed choice.
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Biden's very bad week shakes up race against Trump  —  We will soon know whether the 2020 campaign went on one week too long for candidate Joe Biden  —  Biden: Trump dreams of ‘wiping out ObamaCare off the books’  —  Welcome to the final week of one of the most vengeful and acrimonious elections in our country's history.
 
 
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Rebecca Heilweil / Vox:
The messy politics of Nextdoor
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Deported Parents Choosing Not to Be Reunited With Children, Holding Out Hope to Return to U.S.
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
China Aims to End Extreme Poverty, but Covid-19 Exposes Gaps
New York Times:
The Two Americas Financing the Trump and Biden Campaigns
Discussion: National Review
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Progressives push for Warren as treasury secretary, signaling bigger ideological battle if Biden wins
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
FBI Sits on Report Detailing White-Supremacist Terror Threat
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
If they won't fully reopen schools, despite what science says, when will they?
Discussion: Honolulu Civil Beat
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Inside Decades of Nepotism and Bungling at the N.Y.C. Elections Board
Russell Falcon / KXAN-TV:
Biden has 3-point lead over Trump in Texas, poll shows
Donald Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Cars Have Hit Protesters More Than 100 Times This Year
Robin Hanson / Overcoming Bias:
Win-Win Babies As Infrastructure
CBS News:
Joe Biden makes the case for why he should be president
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Divided States of Pennsylvania
Discussion: New Republic
Associated Press:
GOP slowly gaining as early vote total surpasses 2016